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Swanson, D-backs agree at $6.5 million ahead of deadline

Shortstop Dansby Swanson, the first overall pick in baseball's amateur draft last month, agreed Friday to a $6.5 million signing bonus with the Arizona Diamondbacks just before the deadline for him to reach a deal. "It was pretty close, like probably the last 10, 15 minutes," said De Jon Watson, the Diamondbacks' senior vice president of baseball operations. Swanson's deal was well below the $8,616,900 slotted for the first overall pick under the rules adopted by Major League Baseball and the players' association. The Diamondbacks basically made their final offer and waited to see if Swanson accepted. "We let them kind of sit on it, think about it,"...